Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ten Things You Should Know About My Hobonichi Journaling Obsession



Ten Things You Should Know About My Hobonichi Journaling Obsession

10.) Don't Judge ~ we all have our obsessions, right? For some people it's tattoos or jewelry, antiques or show tunes from musicals. For me, it's journaling and drawing in my Hobonichi Techo (nearly) every day.




9.) Try It Yourself ~ Anti-digital may become a New Thing. It may be faster, easier or 'efficient' to set a date or an alarm on your digital device, but actually writing something down can be rewarding and effective. Writing it down makes something that is abstract a little more concrete and real. Generations have written diaries and drawn in sketchbooks. They are now records of the times. In a fast-paced world with so many digital options, slowing down enough to write it down on paper is a fun way to document your experiences!




8.) Google It! ~ Educate yourself about it. There are so many ways to use a Hobonichi Techo.  Of course we are crazy about the excellent quality of the paper. I collage, draw, paint and record the mundane and the interesting. Other uses could include a bullet journal - food/exercise/drink diary - gratitude journal - study journal - sketchbook - calligraphy workbook...  One of my art friends said that my Hobonichi shows that I am practicing 'Mindfulness' each day. What did you notice today? What impacted your day? Visit the Hobonichi website for videos and pictures of how others use their journals.



7.) You Can Never Have Too Many Supplies (or Hobonichi Covers)! ~ Well, not as long as you're actually using them all! (Edit: or maybe just looking at them brings you joy!) I try not to buy too much stuff, but there are a lot of products to tempt us. Not only art supplies, but stationery supplies too! Think of it as contributing to the world economy...



6.) Explain Why You Love It To Your Family ~ Or, at least try... if they don't understand how important it is to you, they may not give you the time/space you need. And your Hobonichi obsession gives friends and family a great resource for buying you gifts for the holidays and birthdays!


More will be added to the right-hand page...


5.) Research Products Before You Buy Them For Me ~ The Tomoe River paper in the Hobonichi takes watercolors well, but certain pens bleed through the thin paper. Ask for a list of products that are acceptable or check on-line for the information. Dye-based inks will bleed through the paper!

4.) Everything is Fodder For The Journal ~ Fair Warning. If you said/did something hysterical/wise/cute, it will go into the journal. It might get posted on-line. (within reason, of course. or, maybe not.) 



3.) The Hobonichi FB Group is a Bunch of Enablers ~ Yes, you can join a FB group that is all about Hobonichis. Several, in fact. And you will see every product or cover known to man. And the group may...ok, they will... enable you to justify more purchases for your Hobonichi!  You've been warned. But it's practically the only place where people understand this obsession! You can see a lot of posts of different styles of journaling. The group is very supportive of efforts and styles of planner use, and extremely willing to share information. I love it.



2.)  I Take My Hobonichi Everywhere ~ You'll have to wait for me to gather my Hobonichi, pen case, and watercolor pencils before I can leave to go anywhere. Even to the grocery. Because, you know, I might need to draw broccoli...




1.) If I'm Journaling, I'm In The Zone ~ Give me a few minutes to come back to reality. If you need something from me, don't expect me to drop everything.  I can't stop in the middle of a drawing! Can't. Fix. Your. Supper. Right. Now.




Linking up and sharing tea and my 'Ten Things' with the bloggers visiting Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Tuesday. Click on the link to share a visit and a beverage with other bloggers.

What is your current obsession?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hobonichi Techo Journaling





I think Mother Nature is playing a cruel
trick. Instead of the old saying that March
comes "in like a lion, out like a lamb," 
we've had exactly the opposite here in
Ohio, USA!





Coming home from vacation was a rude 
awakening. One day (where I was) in Florida
it was 78 degrees, and Ohio had 75 degrees!
Weird.




The Hobonichi Challenge for March 
features Spring themes...




Hence the dandelions.




I do tend to draw my coffee cups a lot.
One day the challenge was Earl Grey
tea. Not sure why...but it works for
T day! Visit Bleubeard and Elizabeth
to see what goodies may
be shared this week!




I've always wanted to have a
Mad Tea Party...




outside beneath the cottonwoods, with
lots of odd tea cups and fun decorations.




Do you think the Mad Hatter would
make an appearance? 




Hope your day is filled with sunshine
and creativity!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spring Headgear


Some of my blogging friends participated
in a challenge called Tag Tuesday,
which struck my fancy.  The theme was
"Hats and Headgear."  So many possibilities!
I realize it may be bad form to share
an entry on Thursday that was supposed
to be done on Tuesday. But then again,
'better late than never' has often
been an appropriate motto for me!  

Stacking up some Spring
'items' on her head made me smile.
After all, some of the hats from the
past have been quite elaborate, and
make you wonder how the poor woman
was able to hold up her head!
Tag is pre-printed with dictionary text,
the flowers at the bottom were cut from
a bit of scrapbook paper. The girl, frog,
and bird are my own drawings done on
cardstock using a Micron pen, and 
watercolor added. 
Hope I made you smile...!

and of course, a little drawing and quote
from my Hobonichi for good measure.




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

book sTructures



Book structures from a class I attended
during February and March, taught by
Debra Bachelder at the Marion Public 
Library. We learned how to make




some very cool folded book structures!
The class was free (I think funded by the
Ohio Arts Council) and all supplies provided.
I did take some of my own pre-painted
papers for the insides and decoration of
the books, as you can see above.




The red book reads "color heals."
That's absolutely the way I feel
in the midst of winter. I need some
color to help counteract the 
lack of sunshine!




Debra provided plenty of 
gorgeous papers, and class members
also shared some of their resources.




I am not sure I can recreate this book
outside of class, but I really like the tabs
that swing out and reveal whatever art
or words have been added.







The 'House Book' was made from a 
house-shaped template with a tab on one
side, and pages were adhered together.
I used photos of winter trees and snow
for the covers, a couple of my twisted tree
drawings, and quotes about winter.
Pleased with the way it turned out.




There were other structures which I don't
have a photo of, but they are currently at 
the library for an Open House. I will try to
share them later.

Linking up for T Day, when I join
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog hop.
We visit each other, share a beverage, 
and an assortment of art and photos,
maybe even some treats or a recipe.
Stop by for a chat...



I've been faithfully journaling in my 
Hobonichi Techo every day, and enjoying
adding some drawings that are
Spring-themed.




Coffee, tea, and journaling...




Is it Spring yet?!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Beach Techo Drawings


Drawing moving water is a 
challenge, but I keep trying.
Love the sound of waves
On the beach.


Attempting to link up via
mobile device for T Tuesday...
join us for a beverage!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Hobonichi Techo Drawings


Some days I don't know what
to draw in my Hobonichi Techo...
and then I might glue in some of
my own drawings. Sun and cloud
drawn on card stock in pen, and
then watercolored.
Seeing the sun in the morning
starts the day off well, but my
coffee helps too!




Hobonichi challenge prompts 
for the 14th and 15th were "cupid"
and "something that starts with 'O'."







Linking up for Elizabeth's T-Tuesday blog hop.
Thanks for visiting!
♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, February 17, 2017

Collage with TV




Do you cut, glue and draw
while watching TV?  I was watching
"Call the Midwife" on Netflix, and
heard the phrase 'Calypso baby.'
It tickled my fancy...so it went
into this collage.




I think this is one of my
"use up the rest of that black paint
on the palette" paintings...done in
a Smash Book by K and Co. 
The Smash books have been marked
down and discontinued. Maybe because
they were a bit pricey? Or because 
people were making their own
'Junk Journals'?  But I have several
left in my stash! 

Have you put anything 
in an Art Journal today?




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Techo and Other Journal Pages



Hobonichi Techo pages revised:
I showed the page on the left 
last week. I've added red cherry
candies to the last glass container.
Pretty, but oh, the sugar high!

"You can't buy happiness...but 
you can buy cupcakes, and that's
kind of the same thing."
It's a fun quote, and makes me smile,
but food is NOT love, so don't you
believe it. Drawing a cupcake makes
me happier than eating one!




Proof that I don't always keep up 
from day to day with my Techo. I
will have to catch up tonight or tomorrow...

The Lego Batman movie was cute.
I think I need to view it again to catch
all of the Batman and villain references.
A little short on plot, but awesome in
special effects and animation. I just
love the lego characters!





Collage in another mixed media journal,
in a slightly larger size.



Get Inspired!
Linking up for T Tuesday, and
inviting you to visit the other 
blog hoppers to see what
creative pursuits they've shared.


Happy Valentine's Day! ♥♥♥



Friday, February 10, 2017

Techo Candy



Conversation hearts in my Hobonichi
Techo...they are so cute, but not my
favorite candy to eat, y'know?




A bit of verse from Emily Dickenson
on the left.  And who could resist a
rubber stamp with a sheep on it!!?




A weird shopping experience in 
Hobby Lobby the other day...
just had to write about it. (click on
any picture to enlarge)

Did you decorate for 
Valentine's Day?  I am finding
that the candy, though pretty,
is not going to be good for
my 'healthy eating' resolution!
I do love chocolate...♥